Steve Belson Swim & Music Fest is Saturday


This weekend, Steve Belson, a longtime lifeguard and firefighter, who lost his life on 9/11, will be remembered. The 16th Annual Steve Belson Memorial Ocean Swim and Music Festival is Saturday, August 5.

Belson was a lifeguard for 10 years, a son, a brother, a friend, and a firefighter who made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to save lives in the World Trade Center. On Saturday, on Beach 92nd Street, at what is now called Bell’s Beach, all are welcome to join in an ocean swim in his honor. There will be a one-mile competitive swim at 8 a.m. and a half-mile leisure swim at 10 a.m. There will also be a ceremony to announce the winners of this year’s Steve Belson Memorial Scholarship.

To pay homage to Belson’s days as a lifeguard, a few lifeguards who work in Rockaway are awarded a $1,000 scholarship towards college. The lifeguards are chosen through an application process. How many awards are given, depends on how much money is raised at the after party. Each year, on the evening of the event, a music festival is held where people pay a small fee for admission, which goes toward the scholarships for the next year. This year, the after party is at Bungalow Bar. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be live music by Squid and Bill Kirchen, plus special guests. For more information about the event, contact Sean Keller 347-410-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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